Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly probed whether Trump secretly worked for Russian Federation

Arturo Kim
January 12, 2019

The Times reported that USA counterintelligence investigators were concerned that the president's actions were a possible threat to national security.

The Times reports that it's unclear if the Mueller team is still on the counterintelligence angle, and that former law enforcement officials believe that the agents who opened it may have overstepped their bounds. But the president's activities before and after Comey's firing in May 2017, particularly two instances in which Trump tied the Comey dismissal to the Russian Federation investigation, helped prompt the counterintelligence aspect of the inquiry, the people said.

It added the criminal portion related to Trump's firing of Comey.

"Not that it matters but I never fired James Comey because of Russian Federation!"

The final version of the letter that was sent, and made public, does mention the investigation obliquely, thanking Comey for 'informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation'. Trump tweeted shortly after the firing.

'And in fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself - I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story.

McCabe said he believed Comey was sacked because he refused to give in to Trump's requests to kill the probe. "It's an excuse by Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won, '" Trump said.

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The reporter also clarified, as per the Times' report, that the investigation was later taken on by Mueller when he was appointed in the days following Comey's firing.

Trump insisted a year ago that he didn't fire FBI Director James Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation, despite video and documentary evidence to the contrary, according to several USA TODAY stories at the time.

Cohen and Flynn have both been convicted for various crimes as part of the Russian Federation probe and have both offered evidence potentially damaging to their former boss.

He did not explicitly acknowledge the existence of the investigation of Trump to congressional investigators.

The Mueller investigation is set to continue to cast a cloud over the White House: a judge has given an extension to the secret grand jury empanelled in the probe, extending its original 18-month mandate.

Twenty months later, the Mueller probe has yet to publicly produce evidence of a conspiracy to tamper with the election.

According to the Times report, the inquiry was ultimately handed over to Robert Mueller.

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